Good morning all,
I'm off to Haydock today, something I'm looking forward to, even though the weather is not in my favour. It'll be very testing at all venues today, with Ascot's going stick reading under four. That's about as low as it gets there.
I've previewed a couple of races that I like plus a video that gives a few selections for the weekend. Hoping for a nice winner or two!
2.25 Ascot – 3m Limited Handicap Chase
Tricky and you can give plenty a chance on bits and pieces of form, but there’s no way I’m deserting Jerrysback after an excellent effort here last month when a 5l third to Dashel Drasher, form that’s been franked since. He wasn’t asked for maximum effort at any stage and left the impression that there was plenty more to come from him. On the same mark here and if he comes on for that first run for over a year, he must hold an excellent chance here.
I’ll give a mention to Sub Lieutenant as well. He was part of the Gigginstown dispersal sale last summer and was clearly not expected to do much on his debut for his new year, sent off 66-1, but he finished a very respectable fourth to Mister Malarky over this C&D, staying on late. The cheekpieces return today and he still looks capable of playing a part despite his advancing years.
3.00 Ascot – 2m3½f Handicap Hurdle
Another wide open handicap but I like the look of Stolen Silver back over hurdles. They have pulled stumps with him for the season as far as fences goes, presumably to retain his novice status, but he’s on a good looking mark here – 5lb lower than his staying-on eighth in the Betfair exactly a year ago – and has his ground as well. The two questions to answer will be whether chasing has blunted his speed a bit, and this trip, which he has yet to conclusively prove he wants. He shapes like he’ll stay, and he almost got home at Bangor over it last time (was made plenty of use of) so there’s hope on that score.
Today's selection – Stolen Silver 3.00 Ascot (each-way 5 places)
Good luck with all your bets today,